WILLAMINA — Mariah Woodward thanked Superintendent Gus Forster for his commitment to her class at Willamina High School’s 102nd commencement, held Saturday afternoon at Glen Larkins field, ...



U.S./World News

Family, friends mourn lives lost in latest US massacre

Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young.


FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect

PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI director to resign because of the agency's failure.


Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

LONDON — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.


Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

NEW YORK — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app.


Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

BANGKOK — When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as “very excessive.”


Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.


Arizona man says he sold ammunition to Las Vegas shooter

LAS VEGAS — An Arizona man named in court documents as a “person of interest” during the investigation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history said he had met the shooter one time and sold ammunition to him.


Analysts say Trump comments bad news for North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump's fiery comments on North Korea reflected confidence that his campaign of pressure and sanctions on the country is working, South Korean analysts said ...

Abuse victims return for Nassar's final sentencing hearing

CHARLOTTE — Larry Nassar appeared Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom for the start of his third and final sentencing hearing, and a judge said that 265 people have come forward to say they were abused by the disgraced former gymnastics doctor.


Putin: Russia list is a hostile move driven by Trump foes

MOSCOW — Mixing irony with scorn, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described a new list including Russian officials and tycoons under a U.S. sanctions law as a hostile and “stupid” move spearheaded by President Donald Trump's political foes, but he said the Kremlin will refrain from retaliation for now.



Local News

Habitat volunteer to be honored by Blazers

Doug Cruikshank, a longtime Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer, will be honored for his service Saturday at the Portland Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center. The McMinnville resident was chosen ...

Bonamici strikes bipartisan tone at town hall

Don Watson, a retired McMinnville math teacher, told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici at a town hall Monday he is concerned about gridlock in Congress. “What can we do to increase bipartisanship, even ...

Solar facility hearing to resume March 22

A hearing on a proposal to bar commercial solar facilities from high-value farmland will resume on March 22, one day after a Marion County ordinance declaring a moratorium on solar “farms” ...

Hearing set for summary judgment motion in Paolo lawsuit

A hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, on a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit against the county, by former employee Murray Paolo. Paolo is suing the county along with County Administrator ...

Council requests more tweaks to rental rules

Alan Ruden doesn’t like the idea of short-term rentals operated out of duplexes and other homes that share walls with their neighbors. “To pull affordable housing off the market for short-term ...

County budget presentations set for April 2 and 3

County department heads will present their annual budget requests to the county commissioners April 2 and 3, in room 32 of the Yamhill County Courthouse. The reports will include a breakdown of how much ...

Graffiti cleanup costs more than $10,000

Erasing the graffiti discovered March 5 has cost McMinnville School District more than $10,750, facility director Pete Keenan told the school board Monday. One student has been charged, and another is ...

Officer to beef up presence as part of downtown safety effort

People in downtown McMinnville will be seeing more of Police Officer Tim Heidt, as the first of several efforts to quell concerns about safety in the neighborhood. Heidt ordinarily works the downtown ...

Bonamici, students talk gun violence

Natalia Rentsch never used to be fearful or going to school. Now, the McMinnville High School student told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Monday, she lives with a heightened sense of fear. “The fire ...

Second Winds to mark 20 years

Second Winds Community Band will mark its 20th anniversary with a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the McMinnville Community Center. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. The band ...

United (and sometimes divided) they stand

This week’s walkouts show both unity and division among county’s young people

Along the Street: TED Talk comes to Mac

McMinnville will have its own TED Talk in 2019 — sort of. TEDx, the localized offspring of the famous TED Talk conferences that give A-list speakers like Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall and Bono 18 minutes ...

Willamina council takes vehicle stand

WILLAMINA — The Willamina City Council is taking a tougher stand against owners of abandoned and discarded vehicles. An abandoned vehicle is considered unclaimed and/or unoccupied on public property, ...

Dentist's suit against former employees thrown out

A Yamhill County Circuit Court jury ruled Wednesday in favor of former longtime Advanced Smile Design employees Linda Hixson and Sherry McMullen, who were sued by McMinnville dentist Dr. James Nelson. The ...

Mac board approves school calendar

McMinnville School Board members approved a calendar for 2018-19 on a split vote, with some objecting to holding conferences during the week of Thanksgiving, leaving only one class day that week. Larry ...

Mac High robotics team competes in regional event

McMinnville High School robotics team Chronobreak capped off its season by competing in the First Tech Challenge West Super Regional Tournament March 9-11 — the first time a McMinnville team has ...

Willamina board must make facilities decisions

WILLAMINA — Enrollment in the Willamina School District is approaching 900. There’s a good chance that number will climb in coming years, further stressing district facilities. The elementary ...

Alleged sex abuser has decision to make

Alleged child sex abuser John Hanson Jr. faces four Measure 11 charges — two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy — related to incidents reported to have occurred ...

Master Gardeners host annual workshop series

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service present their fifth annual Spring into Gardening series of workshops from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, ...

Area students join nationwide walkout over gun violence

State & Region

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.


Man who killed Oregon truck weighmaster gets life sentence

PORTLAND — A 44-year-old man who admitted to killing an assistant truck weighmaster in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before he's eligible for ...

Oregon pollution plan moves forward

SALEM — A plan intended to address Oregon air standards following the discovery of airborne pollutants in Portland neighborhoods advanced Tuesday in the Legislature.


Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM — Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat ...

Oregon legislature sends homeless removal bill to Governor

SALEM — Oregon legislators have sent a proposal to Governor Kate Brown that would allow the state's largest city to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to remove homeless encampments.


Gift to Oregon Senate GOP leader created ethical quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Indian tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary.


Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law

SALEM — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.


Oregon child molester sentenced to 12 years

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 ½ years in prison despite a 17-year-old Portland girl recanting her story of sexual abuse. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie ...

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control

SALEM — Oregon's governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard.


Portland affordable housing measure may impact building

PORTLAND — Portland's apartment-building binge appears to be ending. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that applications for new housing developments have slowed in the past year. Contributing to ...

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

BOISE — The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.


Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.


Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.


Oregon Governor declares addiction a public health crisis

SALEM — Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared addiction a public health crisis in the state.

Brown on Tuesday announced an executive order setting a deadline for the state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to develop a statewide plan to combat the problem, with intermediary deadlines as early as September. The plan would lay out steps for state agencies to ease access to recovery, treatment and prevention services.

Judge allows class-action case against Portland glass maker

PORTLAND — Portland residents can move forward with a $1.2 billion class-action lawsuit against a local glass maker over concerns about toxic air pollution, a Multnomah County judge has ruled. Circuit ...

Oregon agency extends fight against Japanese beetles

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to expand its campaign against crop-eating Japanese beetles. The agency has proposed applying a granular insecticide over 1,900 acres around the ...

Police chief accused of striking fellow officer arraigned

BEND — Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills has made his first court hearing for allegations that he struck another police officer. The Bend Bulletin reports that Mills was arraigned in court on Tuesday ...

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